Reaching out to the “public”

July 9, 2011

Seaspan recently launched a “Were in it to win it” National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) website. The company aims to get the word out on its advantages, over the other Canadian yards, competing for the federal shipbuilding contracts. The website is very sharp looking and well put together. Seaspan and Irving both opposed the extension on the bid deadline, requested by the other two competitors, Seaway Marine and Davie. Obviously…

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NSPS drumbeats

June 30, 2011

Seems the Canadian Government is being very vocal about their intentions for a fair and open bidding process, when it comes to the National Ship Procurement Strategy. The lobbyist are up at arms by the various statements, the most recent one at a military hardware conference in Ottawa, a few weeks ago, where a government minister “scolded” prospective shipyard competitors to forgo the efforts of lobbyist, on their behalf, to…

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Seaspan might benefit from “Miracle”

May 30, 2011

Now, there is something you don’t see everyday. I can’t remember the last time there was any form of agreement between the two major political parties in British Columbia – or credit given to the opposition in a high profile speech. But it did happen today in Victoria. Newly elected Premier of BC, Christy Clark, used her inaugural speech to lend her’s, and the Liberal Party of BC’s support of…

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Why TC does not comment

January 31, 2011

I was doing some research on another topic when I came across an interesting article from the Tyee, a BC based, shall we say, left leaning, epub. The articles chronicles the interaction of the paper, with Transport Canada, and their (varying) stance on crewing for tugs operating in Vancouver Harbour. The reason this subject has been in the news this past year, is that Alberta “tar sands” crude, and bitumen,…

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Floating Green Lab

January 24, 2011

Furthering a story which we brought you over two months ago; UVic (the University of Victoria) is officially confirming the acquisition of the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Tsekoa II. They are also announcing nearly $18 million in funding, from the Federal and Provincial Government for the ship, and an expansion of the Venus project – an underwater observatory in waters of Saanich inlet. The majority of the funding is to…

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UVic goes to sea

November 12, 2010

The University of Victoria (UVic) is acquiring a new research ship. Plans are not final yet, or at least UVic is deferring official comments to an announcement, expected towards the end of this year. What I do know is that UVic is in the final process of “purchasing”, or has already “purchased” outright, the Canadian Coast Guard specialty vessel Tsekoa II. The Tsekoa II was built for the Canadian Federal…

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The finance minister pulls the trigger

October 2, 2010

In twin announcements by high ranking Conservative Party types, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in Ontario, and Treasury Board President Stockwell Day in BC, the Canadian government granted the waiver of duties (tax) for imported ships over 129 meters long. This waiver has long been sought by Canadian shipowners, and has been seriously rumored for several years now. This means that “big ships” coming into the Canadian Register, will not be…

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If ships were as popular as hockey…

September 14, 2010

Lets go political today! I was having a discussion with my parents a few days ago over various topics, but a typical, I believe, discussion between generations emerge as the general trend. My parents were ranting about how things are out of control in today’s world, priorities are all screwed up (paraphrasing) my response is / was that the blame for ills of society are our to bears; we are…

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